Alexandra Park memorial restored to mark World War I centenary

A donation made by the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund helped restore a war memorial in Alexandra Park in Liverpool ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Local stonemason John Smith and his team from Crosby Memorials spent 12 months carrying out painstaking restoration work, while Sefton Council undertook improvements to the gardens.

Relatives of the men listed on the memorial were joined by representatives from the Crosby branch of the Royal British Legion and the Royal Naval Association at a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in August.

The Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside, Lord Derby, whose late grandfather the 17th Earl of Derby unveiled the original memorial in 1923, was guest of honour at the ceremony.

The restoration was carried out following donations made by the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund and from other local charities and churches.